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Borehamwood Synagogue celebrated a barmitzvah with a difference on Shabbat when the shul honoured caretaker Bernie Bray, marking his 13th year with the community.
Addressing Mr Bray at the conclusion of the morning service, Rabbi Naftali Brawer praised his dedication to the congregation and stressed the high esteem in which he was held.
Although not Jewish, he knew “as much about Judaism as many Jews”.
Before attending a kiddush in his honour, Mr Bray was presented with certificates, a gift and a book in which members had penned personalised tributes.